S.P. Leary
June 6, 1930 - January 26, 1998

American blues drummer S.P. Leary dead at 67.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Blues drummer S.P. Leary, who delivered the beat for such legends as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died, his record company said Tuesday. Leary, 67, died Monday (Januray 26, 1998) in a Chicago hospital from cancer, Marc Lipkin of Alligator Records said.

Born in 1930 in Carthage, Texas, Leary picked up drumsticks at the age of 14 and began touring with T-Bone Walker in the mid-1940s before moving on to the Chicago blues scene. Leary appeared on many of Wolf's most famous recordings with Chicago-based Chess Records, including ``Howling For My Darling,'' ``I've Been Abused,'' and ``I'm Leaving You.'' He backed Muddy Waters on ``The Same Thing'' and ``You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had.''

In 1995, Leary was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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